May 20, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane baseball team had their chances on Friday night versus East Carolina, but the Green Wave offense couldn't come through and the Pirates defense kept them at bay in the 6-2 defeat on the turf inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Tulane stranded eight runners on base and ECU churned out 13 hits - three for extra bases - to claim their first series win versus the Green Wave in the series' history.
"They played well tonight," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "They made so many great plays defensively. They pitched extremely well and their bullpen was very good. We had some opportunities and hit some balls really hard late (in the game), but we didn't have anything to show for it...It was extremely disappointing...It is hard to give up three runs and play from behind when they have those kind of arms. They limit your opportunity and when we hit balls hard, they made the play."
East Carolina (36-18, 13-10 C-USA) grabbed the early lead against Tulane (30-23, 10-13 C-USA) starting pitcher Conrad Flynn when Zach Wright hit his 13th home run of the season in the fourth inning. In the fifth, three consecutive singles opened the frame, loading the bases, and a Phillip Clark ground out made it 2-0 in favor of the Pirates.
The Green Wave got a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning when Matt Ryan singled to start the inning and advanced to third on a throwing error by the ECU first baseman a batter later. Garrett Cannizaro single through the left side of the infield to score the run and make it a 2-1 game.
Tulane got a run back in the eighth on a Nick Schneeberger RBI single, but two more runs from East Carolina in the ninth sealed the game. D.J. Ponder relieved Flynn in the seventh and threw two and one-third innings, allowing two runners to reach base with one out in the ninth, before being relieved by Nick Pepitone. A base hit and an error allowed the final two runs of the game to score and account for the final margin.
The Green Wave collected seven hits and walked three times, but left eight runners on base, including two in the sixth and the bases loaded in the eighth. Ryan was the lone Green Wave hitter to post a multi-hit contest, his tenth of the season, while Nick Schneeberger extended his on-base streak to 15 games with a single and a walk in the contest. Garrett Cannizaro carries the longest active hitting streak for the Olive and Blue, hitting in seven straight games, keeping that alive with his fifth inning RBI single.
The regular season finale will take place at 1:00 on Saturday, May 20 versus the Pirates and the Green Wave will honor their five seniors before the contest. Nick Boullosa, Conrad Flynn, Nick Pepitone, Gunner Wright and Drew Zizinia will all be honored in a pregame ceremony on the Turf at Turchin.